City have this evening confirmed their first signings of the summer, Sam Clucas and Ryan Taylor.
Clucas has arrived for a fee believed to be around £1.3m from League One side Chesterfield, where he impressed last season on the Spireites’ left. Aged 24, he’s already had a storied career, having come through Leicester’s youth set-up only to be released aged 16. He’s since been at Lincoln, Jerez Industrial CF of Spain (as part of Glenn Hoddle’s Academy), Hereford and then Mansfield before arriving at their local rivals last summer. He’s been given a three year contract by City.
His signing is presumably undertaken with an eye on the Robbie Brady situation, which seems virtually certain to culminate in the Irish international joining Norwich for something like £7m.
Meanwhile, Taylor arrives in Hull on a free transfer aiming to rebuild a career cruelly blighted by injury in recent times. A former England U21, his last club was Newcastle, whom he joined in 2009 from Wigan. At the age of 30, he ought to be moving into his prime, though a succession of serious knee injuries has repeatedly kept him on the sidelines in the past two seasons.
He’s arrived on a one year deal, and providing City have taken sensible precautions over the terms of his contract, it seems a reasonable punt on a player who’s spent plenty of time playing in the Premier League.